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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

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Address: Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: One of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine.

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Historic site to see if in area

My boyfriend's family has ties to light house, so it's a must-see for us. I've been in fall and now summer. We didn't know (until I just read the reviews) of the left side view... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend's family has ties to light house, so it's a must-see for us. I've been in fall and now summer. We didn't know (until I just read the reviews) of the left side view. We always take the short paved walk to the side with the bell. I feel it is beautiful, and the scene is too. Next time,... More 

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Baltimore County, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I love the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. It is located on the quiet side of Mt. Dessert Island so it is a little out of the way, but, it is definitely worth the drive to get to.

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This landmark does not live up to its hype. It is an old lighthouse and one of the few still in operation with occupants. There is little around it to explain its significance or past importance. If the ME fog is not rolling in, you may get a few photos to record your visit.

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Matthews, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We visited here on a rainy day so didn't get to really explore the area. To see the iconic view apparently you have to venture further down the rocks or, view it from the water. We were surprised how small the parking area was for what we imagined would be a heavily visited site during peak season. A short path... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Very well maintained and picturesque although it is very difficult to get a good photo of the light. This is an active lighthouse with a Coast Guard Family living inside so you can't tour the light and you feel a little like you're trespassing. There is a very nice, short trail at the end of the Lighthouse parking lot that... More 

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Orchard Park, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Small lighthouse on the Maine coast in Bass Harbor on Mt. Desert Island. Short walk from parking lot to main path of lighthouse - more difficult path offers better views but harder walk. Informative display on the lighthouse, but no active tour guides. Nice views of water and the coast from both sides. No access to inside the lighthouse itself.... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Worth the drive if you are in the area! Grandkids had a great time climbing on the rocks and putting their feet in the cold water.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Don't make a special tip to see this light house, but if you are traveling in that area stop in. Thurston's is nearby so you can see it on your way there. I was expecting a LIGHTHOUSE but this is a lighthouse. Small but functional I guess.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you have free time and like lighthouses, then this is the right place to go for you. For us, to see the lighthouse once was enough. Good option for a rainy day visit. I would not allocate time to visit the lighthouse at the expense of hiking in the gorgeous mountains of Acadia, but it is a personal choice... More 

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

When we first arrived at the lighthouse, we went to the right (if facing the water), down an accessible paved path. This brings you right to the lighthouse, but not a very good view for pictures. When we got back up to the parking lot, I noticed a path at the other end and discovered stairs down to the rocky... More 

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Address: Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Tremont  >  Bass Harbor

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